Effect of the surface temperature on surface morphology, deuterium retention and erosion of EUROFER steel exposed to low-energy, high-flux deuterium plasma

TitleEffect of the surface temperature on surface morphology, deuterium retention and erosion of EUROFER steel exposed to low-energy, high-flux deuterium plasma
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsM. Balden, S. Elgeti, M. Zibrov, K. Bystrov, T.W Morgan
JournalNuclear Materials and Energy
Volume12
Pagination289-296
Date Published08/2017
Abstract

Samples of EUFROFER, a reduced activation ferritic martensitic steel, were exposed in the linear plasma device Pilot-PSI to a deuterium (D) plasma with incident ion energy of ∼40 eV and incident D flux of 2–6 × 1023 D/m2s to fluences up to 1027 D/m2 at surface temperatures ranging from 400 K to 950 K. The main focus of the study lays on the surface morphology changes dependent on the surface temperature and the surface composition evolution, e.g., the enrichment in tungsten; but also the erosion and the D retention are studied. The created surface morphology varies strongly with surface temperature from needle-like to corral-like structures. The visible lateral length scale of the formed structures is in the range of tens of nanometres to above 1 µm and exhibits two thermal activated regimes below and above ∼770 K with activation energies of 0.2 eV and 1.3 eV, respectively. The lateral variation of the enrichment of heavy elements on the surface is correlated to this surface morphology at least in the high temperature regime, independent of the origin of the enrichment (intrinsic from the sample or deposited by the plasma). Also the erosion exhibits temperature dependence at least above ∼770 K as well as a fluence dependence. The amount of deuterium retained in the top 500 nm is almost independent of the exposure temperature and is of the order of 1018 D/m2, which would correspond to a sub-monolayer D coverage on the surface. The retained D in the volume summing up over the complete samples exceeds the D retained close to the surface by one order of magnitude.

DOI10.1016/j.nme.2017.01.001
Division

PSI

Department

PMI

PID

787c5b3cf02a208d32ab996fc57becaa

Alternate TitleNucl. Mater. Energy
LabelOA

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